Rev. Amelia Edson serves Falmouth Congregational Church, UCC.
Scripture: Luke 16:1-13 (NRSV)
‘Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.’
Reflection: The Ownership of Blessings
Lord God, as we go through the world this week help us remember to think about what is ours, and what is other people’s, and, above all, what is Yours. Help to consider whether some of the things we think of as “ours”—the privileges, the comforts, the security—aren’t, perhaps, as fully ours as we think they are. Help us be honest about earthly wealth so that we might prepare our hearts for the true riches you have for us. Amen.
New Prayer Requests:
We ask churches and church leaders to join us in the following prayers either by sharing them during worship, printing them in bulletins, or sharing them in some other way. To make a prayer request, please contact Marlene Gasdia-Cochrane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayers of Intercession:
- For the people of Ukraine whose lives continue to be shattered by war.
- For those grieving or suffering due to the ~30,250 gun violence deaths in the US this year.
- For those suffering from either too much, too little, or too contaminated water
Prayers of Joy and Thanksgiving:
- For those who share their blessings
- For the little things that bring joy to children, and adults.
This Week in History:
September 16, 1932 (90 years ago): Gandhi begins fast in protest of caste separation, which gave India's lowest classes—known as “untouchables”—their own separate political representation for a period of 70 years. Gandhi believed this would permanently and unfairly divide India’s social classes. A member of the more powerful Vaisya, or merchant caste, Gandhi nonetheless advocated the emancipation of the untouchables, whom he called Harijans, or “Children of God.” His six-day fast ended after the British government accepted the principal terms of a settlement between higher caste Indians and the untouchables that reversed the separation decision. [History]
“Study the past if you would define the future.”
Rev. Amelia Nugent is pastor at Falmouth Congregational Church, UCC and is passionate about meaningful worship that fuels Spirit filled and justice oriented lives.